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Blancpain Villeret 8 Day Half-Timezone Watch for Relaxed Traveling
The famous Blancpain Villeret collection welcomes a newcomer – the Villeret 8 Day Half-Timezone watch.

The owner of the timepiece will be able to adjust the second time-zone in 30-minute increments. This is a really helpful complication for those who travel to countries with half-hour differences in time.

The new Blancpain watch is animated by the brand’s in-house self-winding movement - the 5235DF calibre. The 324-component (36-jewel) mechanism incorporates a triple series-coupled barrel technique to guarantee an 8-day power reserve and stable rating.

The brand’s watchmakers opted for titanium to produce the balance from. This material is highly appreciated in watchmaking due to its resistance to temperature changes and its light weight to enhance energy efficiency. The movement, adjusted by the brand’s micrometric screw system, offers supreme precision of operation.
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Enjoy Blancpain Villeret Chronographe Monopoussoir Quantieme Complet Watch
At Baselworld 2011, the house of Blancpain proudly unveiled its new Villeret Chronographe Monopoussoir Quantieme Complet watch.

A marriage of aesthetic pleasure and technical sophistication, the new Blancpain watch is available in two interpretations: red gold and steel. The 44mm versions come equipped with a stamped opaline and a white dial respectively.

Appealing and highly legible, the display of the new Blancpain Villeret Chronographe Monopoussoir Quantieme Complet watch ensures central hours, minutes and seconds. Set within the dial are also 12-hour and 30-minute counters, located at 3 and 9 o’clock respectively. The chronograph functions are operated through a single pusher.
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Enjoy Blancpain Villeret Annual Calendar GMT Watch
At Baselworld 2011, the house of Blancpain has proudly unveiled its new Villeret Annual Calendar GMT watch.

The new Blancpain watch comes packaged in a 40mm x 10.9mm case, rendered in white or red gold. It boasts top and bottom sapphire crystals.

The case is fitted with the brand’s under-lug correctors system. The corrector at 1 o’clock adjusts the day, while the one at 5 o’clock changes the month’s indication. The GMT, date and time functions are operated by a winding crown at 3 o’clock.

The display of the new Blancpain Villeret Annual Calendar GMT watch is equipped with a counter at 8 o’clock. Acting as a reference time, it reveals a small 24-hour hand. The GMT function, meanwhile, is provided by a central hour hand. The day, date and month are shown in apertures at 2, 3 and 4 o’clock respectively.
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New Blancpain 500 Fathoms Watch for Only Watch 2009
Blancpain unveils a new version of its iconic 500 Fathoms watch, created specially for Only Watch 2009.

The new Blancpain 500 Fathoms watch for Only Watch 2009 wins the heart by its adventurous nautical spirit, and its strong links with the ocean. The sapphire crystal case back reveals the highly original oscillating shaped as of a boat propeller.

The Blancpain 500 Fathoms incorporates a ratcheted bezel for most comfortable grip. Its unidirectional rotation system avoids any accidental extension of diving time. The bezel is crafted in titanium and scratch-resistant sapphire. Its slightly cambered profile protects it from impacts. The bezel features the luminescent index for great visibility.

The watch has maintained many of the elements of the original Fifty Fathoms launched in 1953. It is developed from innovative materials - the case in titanium, the dial with a carbon fiber center and an insert in blued smoked sapphire glass. read more


Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Tourbillon - a Dive into Horological Luxury
The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms watch collection story started in 1952 when Captain 'Bob' Maloubier and lieutenant Claude Riffaud were commissioned by the French Ministry of Defense to form an elite unit of 'Combat Divers'. The captain and lieutenant could not find a watch created to withstand the extreme conditions implied by underwater missions. read more


Blancpain Women Retrograde Calendar Watch – Marriage of Femininity and Artistry
Blancpain is proud to launch its new Women Retrograde Calendar watch. The novelty reflects the brand’s traditional values, while making one feel the spirit of innovation.

The new Blancpain watch is a fine timekeeping companion for active, modern ladies who appreciate romantic and contemporary things. The elegant timepiece puts technique at the service of beauty and demonstrates thorough attention to detail.

The one-of-a-kind dial of the lady’s watch unveils mother-of-pearl marquetry and amazing detailing. The hour and minute hands are off-centered, being positioned in the lower part of the dial. The calendar function is represented by a retrograde hand, consistently jumping back to the beginning of the month. The heart of the timepiece is an automatic movement - the calibre 2650RL.
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Unique Blancpain Exhibition Devoted to Fifty Fathoms
On October 28, Blancpain inaugurated a remarkable exhibition devoted to its most famous watch - the Fifty Fathoms. The event took place within the brand’s Boutique on the Place Vendome, Paris.

The exhibition became possible due to the joined efforts of the brand and contributions from numerous collectors from around the world. The accumulated collection boasts a great variety of the Fifty Fathoms watches from 1953 to the present day. After the exhibition in Paris, the collection will travel to China and the United States.

The exhibition allows to drop a glance at more than 60 models that highlighted the history of the Fifty Fathoms. The first Fifty Fathoms watch was born in 1953. It was created on request from the French Navy combat divers unit. Visitors of the exhibition can also see the Fifty Fathoms Flyback Chronograph with Complete Calendar watch released this year. read more


Blancpain Presents Tribute to Fifty Fathoms Watch
The legendary Blancpain Fifty Fathoms watch joined the world of watchmaking in 1953. It was created on request from French Navy combat divers unit. Over time, the Fifty Fathoms watch became featured on the list of the most famous and reliable diver’s watches. The model has been launched in about twenty different variations.

Paying tribute to the iconic model, Blancpain is releasing the “Tribute to Fifty Fathoms”. The timepiece is limited to 500 pieces and is based on the 1960s model. It has successfully united the signature design of vintage Fifty Fathoms with the most innovative technologies innovations.

The heart of the new Fifty Fathoms watch is an in-house mechanical self-winding movement - Caliber 1315 built from 222 components. The Blancpain watchmakers designed the caliber specifically for the models with a distinctively sporting vocation.
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Blancpain and Lamborghini Dynamic Union
Blancpain, the oldest watch brand in the world, highly respected for its pioneering spirit and remarkable mechanical expertise, has announced its collaboration with the iconic luxury car-producer, Lamborghini. The partners are closely united by the themes of speed and exclusive mechanics.

The partnership between the companies was sealed in a special ceremony held on October 25th 2008 at the last DTM Grand Prix of the season on the Hockenheim race track in Germany.

The Blancpain-Lamborghini dynamic union is devoted to the technical performances and distinguished aesthetics of the two manufacturers who base their art on tradition and innovation.

The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo is aimed at motor sports fans, setting the stage for the latest gleaming Gallardo LP560-4 speed machines ready to compete in the fastest and most demanding mono-brand championship.

Starting from Mai 2009, thirty high-powered cars featuring the Blancpain-Lamborghini colors will join the competion on the finest racing tracks in Europe. With 570 HP, 540 N/m and high speeds of over 300 km/h, when you are at the wheel of such a car, it is not just a race against the clock - it is a true challenge to time itself!
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Second Blancpain Boutique in Switzerland
Blancpain, one of the oldest watch brands in the world, is proud to invite all its fans and connoisseurs of exclusive Watchmaking to its new Boutique in Switzerland. This is already the second store of the brand in the country.

The new Boutique is located on the corner of Zurich's renowned Bahnhofstrasse and Paradeplatz. It represents a two-floor 100 square-meter store inviting its visitors to see the exclusive displays of the Blancpain watch collections.

Blancpain Boutiques in Switzerland are an embodiment of the philosophy of the Manufacture in Le Brassus, a village at the far end of the Lac de Joux. Visitors of the stores will be able to feel the same spirit that prevails in the workshops of Blancpain master-watchmakers.

The interior design of the new boutique has been created by a skilled cabinetmaker from the Vallee de Joux. It is inspired by the regional heritage and the Blancpain horological know-how accumulated during the past 270 years.
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Meet Blancpain Carrousel Repetition Minutes Le Brassus Watch
The world famous horological company Blancpain is delighted to bring forth its enthralling Carrousel Repetition Minutes Le Brassus watch.

Two years ago, the brand successfully introduced the Le Brassus one-minute carrousel tourbillon movement into the world of watchmaking. This year, the complicated mechanism has been equipped with a minute-repeater mechanism. In fact, for the Le Brassus model to get the Grand Complication status, the company plans to enrich the movement with a new complication every year.

The Carrousel Repetition Minutes Le Brassus watch introduces an array of innovations to please the eye, the heart and the mind. The cathedral gong minute-repeater is fitted with two sounding rings, which exceed one and a half times the diameter of the movement. They are affixed to the inside of the case for the sound produced to be clearer and stronger.  read more


Baselworld 2010: Meet Blancpain Semainier Grande Date watch
At Baselworld 2010, the prominent watch company Blancpain was extremely pleased to introduce its breathtaking Semainier Grande Date watch.

A part of the brand’s L-evolution Collection, which experienced its world premiere at Basel in 2009, the new Blancpain watch is instantly identifiable due to its impressive 8-day power reserve complication.

The accurate timekeeping is ensured by the manufactory-made self-winding movement - caliber 37R8G, which incorporates three mainspring barrels and a titanium free-sprung balance. This caliber has a thickness of 7.85 mm and measures 32.00 mm in diameter. Composed of 299 individual parts, the movement is embellished with 46 precious stones. It can be admired through a sapphire crystal case-back.  read more


Blancpain CEO Achieves Top Podium Finish at Silverstone
The universally famous watchmaking house Blancpain continues its steady march of excellence on European racetracks.

Over the dates of August 16th and 17th, the company’s president & CEO Marc A. Hayek achieved the top podium at Silverstone, the famous British F1 track with the exciting 4th leg of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo championship held within its framework.

Mr. Hayek and his experienced co-driver Peter Kox successfully steered the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 No. 24 around Silverstone's high-speed curves, which every year bid the defiance to the world's top car and MOTO GP racers. They came in first, making their worthy competitors lag behind.

Mr Hayek was particularly happy about the victory at Silverstone, for he dedicated much of his spare time to improving his skills behind the wheel. The energetic CEO of Blancpain truly enjoyed the competitive spirit of the championship. He also considered a fast and demanding race course to be very stimulating.

In the course of the event both men exposed on their wrists the elegant novel Blancpain Super Trofeo Chronograph watch, which made its original appearance at Baselworld 2009. This watch adapts its sporty shape and design attributes from the shape and interior features inherent to a Lamborghini Gallardo car.

The hidden bridges of the extremely slim F185 chronograph movement coordinate well with the black DLC finishing of the case. The backside of the watch reveals a sapphire crystal exhibition window with a view into the movement.

This acclaimed chronograph caliber is controlled by a friction-reducing vertical clutch in conjunction with an iconic column wheel. The chronograph function with its efficient flyback mechanism enables the wearer to record successive intervals of elapsed time.

The final legs of the 2009 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Championship will occur at Catalunya in Spain on September 18th through September 20th, as well as on the Paul Ricard track in France from October 2nd through October 4th.
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Blancpain Creates L-Evolution Moon Phase 8 Jours Watch
At Baselworld 2009, Blancpain has proudly premiered new sophisticated timepieces to enlarge the brand’s highly successful L-Evolution collection.

The Blancpain L-Evolution Moon Phase 8 Jours watch demonstrates a newly designed case, measuring 43.5mm in diameter. It has a modular construction to allow the watch owner detach the lugs and in no time substitute a strap or a bracelet. The case is crafted in 18K red gold or stainless steel. It incorporates a screw-down winding crown and boasts 100-meter water-resistance.

The peculiarity of the timepiece is the complete calendar with moon phase complication. The moon phase complication significantly contributed to the revival of mechanical watchmaking in the 1980s and helped Blancpain win the hearts of fine mechanisms’ lovers. read more


Blancpain Itroduces its 500 Fathoms Watch at Cannes Boat Show
The renowned watch-making house Blancpain has opted for the opulent area of the Cannes Boat Show in order to introduce its novel dive timepiece, the 500 Fathoms watch, which is regarded as a sensation in the world of horology. This diving model boasts 1000-meter water-resistance, a completely new feature for the line-up, manufactured by Blancpain.

The release of this exceptional water timepiece, which is everything both fans and collectors can expect from Blancpain in terms of craftsmanship, implies the brand’s entry into the world of acclaimed professional watches intended for divers.

Distinguished by features like a unidirectionally rotating luminous bezel as well as a helium release valve, extremely important for a dive watch, the Blancpain 500 Fathoms watch exposes the core of its structure to be admired through the sapphire crystal case-back display. It refers to the automatic Blancpain-made 1315 caliber, which includes a set of necessary technical components.

The range of technical details embraces a freely-sprung balance wheel with regulating screws, a date display, which can be safely moved forwards or backwards, avoiding the risk of damage to the mechanism, as well as a system of three serially operating mainspring barrels, ensuring a lengthy 5-day power reserve.

The movement excellence is just as well mirrored in its sophisticated decorative finishing, crowned by a special centrally-mounted winding rotor, performed in the shape of a boat propeller.

The watch-making company Blancpain will launch the 500 Fathoms Cannes Boat Show watch as limited series of 20 pieces. The 48mm titanium case of every single Blancpain watch issued will be individually numbered.

The model is accompanied by a nautical canvas strap, exposing a rubber lining, characterized by water- and perspiration-resistance. The rugged yet very attractive strap is finished with an elegant folding clasp.



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Blancpain Launches Le brassus Erotic Minute Repeater Caroussel Watch
Blancpain gladly delivers its new Le brassus Erotic Minute Repeater Caroussel one-of-a-kind watch. The novelty amazingly unites a classically-styled front side with an erotic engraving on its bottom.

The new Blancpain watch is set in a round-shaped 18-carat rose gold case. It measures 45mm in diameter and is 16.55mm thick. The front side of the case is protected by a sapphire crystal. Its back part displays a musician with a fiddlestick in his hand, staying behind his naked muse.

Housed in the case is a white dial with applied gold Roman numerals as well as hour and minute hands. Its special attention-getter is a carrousel mechanism, revealed in an opening at 6 o’clock.
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Blancpain X Fathoms Dive Watch - Technically Impressive
The house of Blancpain presents its new X Fathoms Dive watch. It has been released on the occasion of a spectacular event to be held in the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo in the Dubai Mall - the largest aquarium in the world.

A worthy successor of the brand’s iconic 1953 model, the novelty boasts a mechanical depth gauge, which makes it the most technically advanced diving watch ever created. It is set in a satin-brushed titanium case. The new Blancpain watch features the dimensions of 55.65mm x 24.00 mm: diameter and thickness indicated respectively.

The model is topped by a unidirectional rotating bezel - the brand’s signature element for almost 60 years. Integrated within the case is a helium decompression valve, which allows gas trapped inside the watch during deep dives to safely escape during the ascent. The timekeeping companion is 300-meter water-resistant.
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Blancpain Le Brassus Carrousel Volant 1 Minute Watch - Charming and Complicated
The horological company Blancpain has delivered its new Le Brassus Carrousel Volant 1 Minute watch.

The originality of the new Blancpain watch lies in a carrousel mechanism, developed by Bahne Bonniksen in 1890. The idea behind this device was to create a complication, which functionality would be close to that of turbillion. The complex development, however, required considerable expenses and therefore was put on hold.

Today, the craftsmen within the Blancpain manufacture have modified the carrousel, bringing it into a contemporary context. They made the cage perform one rotation within 1 minute. Before, this period constituted from 30 to 45 minutes.
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Blancpain Presents Villeret Demi-Fuseau Horaire 8 Jours Watch
The Blancpain Villeret collection welcomes the first half-timezone timepiece with 8-day power-reserve -the Villeret Demi-Fuseau Horaire 8 Jours watch (8 Day Half-Timezone watch). The complicated model allows to adjust the second timezone in 30-minute increments, so that its owner will have no problem with travelling to countries with half-hour time differences.

The heart of the new Blancpain watch is a self-winding movement built from 324 parts - the 5235DF caliber. The mechanism, elaborated by the Manufacture Blancpain in le Brassus, incorporates a triple series-coupled barrel system to guarantee a remarkable 8-day power-reserve and the stable rating.

The balance of the movement is crafted in titanium. The brand’s watchmakers opted for this material as its light weight enhances energy efficiency and it boasts supreme resistance to changes in temperature.
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Blancpain Villeret Grande Decoration Watch - Vivid Contrasts
For the Only Watch 2011 Charity Auction, the house of Blancpain has created its new unique Villeret Grande Decoration watch. All the funds raised will be donated to support the medical research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

The new Blancpain watch is delivered in a 45mm case, crafted from red gold. Its back part is equipped with a sapphire crystal. The bottom is also marked with the brand’s name and the Piece Unique Only Watch 2011 inscription. The case handles the depth of up to 30 meters.

Ticking inside the model is an ultra-thin hand-wound caliber 15B movement, distinguished by the refined hand-made decoration. It comprises 117 individual parts, including 20 jewels. The mechanism supplies a 40-hour power reserve.
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